EDTech 541

We examined and explored technology integration strategies within K-12 networked computing environments. Content included an examination of technology integration techniques using various application tools, instructional software, productivity software, and the Internet.  We also identified relative advantages for choosing technology integration strategies and resources for us to draw upon in developing our own technology integration activities. (statement from syllabus)

The following show the activities, projects and blogs that were done on a weekly basis.  AECT standards throughout the course include: 1.1 Instructional System Design (1.1.1, 1.1.2, 1.1.3, 1.1.4), 1.2 Message Design, 1.3 Instructional Strategies, 1.4 Learner Characteristics, 2.1 Print Technologies, 2.2 Audiovisual Technologies, 2.3 Computer Based Technologies, 2.4 Integrated Technologies, 3.1 Media Utilization, 3.2 Diffusion of Innovations.

The class “Integrating Technology into the Classroom” has a key focus on doing just that, integrating technology into the classroom.  We looked at several different programs, devices, hypermedia, social networking, links, resources available for educational purposes through technology use.  All activities, presentations, blogs, and interaction met selected AECT standards that the Master’s of Educational Technology uses through the program.

Examples of instructional systems design (Design, standard 1) and analyzing, designing, developing and implementing what has been created is included in every lesson plan and presentation made on a weekly basis throughout this course, some include content area mobile learning, along with creating a lesson plan using videos.  In each presentation that we made we designed systems for instructional use.

Having more than one strategy is important when teaching several different types of students.  Throughout the course we looked at several different strategies of using technology within the content area of our choosing.  Some of these include videos, audio, blogs, social media sites, and interactive sites for review, practice, and assessment.  All the different VoiceThreads, interactive PowerPoint presentations, videos, eBooks, and class blogs are different forms of instructional strategies that can be used at different times to emphasize the content that is being learning.

Getting even more detailed into the “several different types of students,” each student has his/her own special needs.  Some of these needs are more in depth than others.  When a student’s needs are causing educational challenges it is important to find as many resources available to help meet the needs and to support students through daily obstacles.   We looked at different sites, devices and products available for special needs students who may have sensory challenges, as well as students who need extra practice or motivation to focus on content learning, interactive programs that let students see how content works in real world scenarios we gained more knowledge on how to help the individual student and the individual needs that each student has.

Beyond looking at the design of technology we also focused on the development of lesson plans and creating our own resources.  Some of the development (Standard 2) included printed technology.  This includes all the PowerPoint presentations that we made which also include notes with more material.  We also included link after link with explanations of what is included within the links and resources that were found.  Audio and visual is also important within the development standards.  We created VoiceThreads for students to interact with, class blogs, Diigo interaction to share resources, links for students to go to and practice, review or even assess.  Development was a key to every module throughout this course.  We designed and developed every presentation on a weekly basis.

Creating presentations was not the end result.  Learning how to implement them into our curriculum is a large part of the course as well (Utilization: standard 3).  We each made the decisions on what lessons we wanted to do with each weekly project/presentation regarding the different forms of technology integration we learned about.  Part of the learning was figuring out which lesson would be best for the weeks instructional strategy we were learning.

The main goal within this class, for me, is to see the vast amount of resources available for educational purposes using technology to help the needs of the students.  Schools have to get away from the 1950’s style of teaching and start preparing students for the 21st century.  Technology is the key feature that needs to be used and taught how to use properly.

Module 1: Introduction

  • Creating an “I AM” poem for introducing ourselves to our classmates and professor

Module 2: Foundations of Effective Technology Integration

  • Vision Statement Blog
  • Relative Advantage Chart

Module 3: Operating Systems, Computer Hardware, Networks and File Management

  • Networking Project using VoiceThread
  • Acceptable Use Policy Blog

Module 4: Productivity Tools and Acceptable Software

  • Instructional Software Presentation
  • Relative Advantage of Instructional Software Blog

Module 5: PowerPoint and Google Presentations

  • Presentation Application Presentation
  • Interactive Presentation Blog

Module 6: Spreadsheets and Databases

  • Spreadsheets or Database Technology Supported Lesson
  • Relative Advantage of Spreadsheets Blog

Module 7: Using Video to Enhance the Lesson

  • Video Enhanced Lesson Plan and Video Library
  • Video Blog

Module 8: Internet Tools for Community Building and Social Networking

  • Social Networking Presentation
  • Internet Safety Presentation
  • Social Networking and Walled Gardens Blog

Module 9: Developing and Using Web-Based Learning Activities

  • Using the Internet for Instruction Presentation
  • Safety on the Internet Blog

Module 10: Teaching and Learning with the Content Areas

  • Content Area Project (Math-Linear Lines)

Module 11: Content Areas Part 2

  • Content Area Project (Language Arts-Mathematician book)
  • Enhancing the Content Area Learning Blog

Module 12: Content Areas Part 3

  • Content Area Project (Mobile Learning Project)
  • Obstacles and Solutions for Integrating Technology into Content Areas Blog

Module 13: Adaptive and Assistive Technology

  • Adaptive and Assistive Technology Presentation
  • Assistive Technology Blog
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